Anye Cletus Matoya from today officially begins his new function as the general manager of the North West Development Authority (MIDENO), installed by the minister of agriculture and rural development Henri Eyebe Ayissi in a solemn ceremony that took place on the 27th of December 2018 at the Bamenda congress hall.
While commissioning the new boss, Minister Henri Eyebe Ayissi called on the new boss to brave the odds of time and assure the effective implementation of MIDENO’s mission to integrate rural development of the NWR while improving the qualities of its services in the agricultural domain.
This comes at a time many Cameroonians are yelling for change especially with the food insecurity slowly eating the region, thereby putting so much expectation on Anye Matoya whose new duty comes with the task of modernizing the agricultural sector of the region which requires adaptation, strategic designs, innovation and rigour. On his part, the new boss says he is ready to brace his challenges and believes with his team, it’ will be a good ride.
51 years old Anye Cletus Matoya takes over from John Begheni Ndeh who has been the general manager of Mideno for 27 years.
This brings hope to farmers in the Northwest region who for over 3 years now have not been able to visit their farms because of the insecurity caused by the constant gun battle between separatist’s fighters and military forces. Those who succeeded in planting crops cannot even bear the fruits of their labour.
Dorine Nchang, a farmer in Mankon is now internally displaced. She abandoned her home and farmlands to seek for safety in Bamenda.
“I went to check on my crops and got the shock of my life when I saw a corpse lying there. I was so frightened that I threw all that I had on me and ran for my dear life. I wasn’t running because of the corpse but because it was a sign of danger. I am happy that we have a new leader who can look into the plight of farmers.”
Taking to Shu Walter, another farmer in Bafut, he says farming is his only source of income but now he cannot get into his farms because it is not secure. He has to look for a small business for sustainability.
To food traders, these farmers are their suppliers but now these transactions can’t be realized because crops have been abandoned and very little food is coming from the farmers – that is for those who have succeeded in harvesting their crops.
Famine is feared to loom over the North West Region and at that time, it will be late to save the people.
Maikem Emmanuela Manzie